The property is a privately owned Scottish castle that uniquely combines private home and exclusive use luxury venue. The castle has full licensing as a wedding venue and is equally suitable for corporate events, private stays and parties.
This historic 14th century castle is situated in the heart of the rolling hills, fields and trees of the beautiful Scottish Borders on the edge of a little market town. The castle itself is totally secluded in 1200 acres of grounds, yet conveniently, shops bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
The family have owned the Castle since 1696, and along with their dedicated staff welcome guests to their home, which retains a very intimate and personal feel in spite of its historic grandeur and furnishings. The main Castle sleeps up to 25 but ancillary houses sleeping up to a further 25 are also available. Groups of up to 60 may be seated to dine in the great hall. There are ample grounds for marquees, sporting and leisure activities.
Guide Price Dinner, bed & breakfast is £150 per person per night.
PLEASE NOTE: This can not be booked online using the availability calendar, please use the 'contact owner' button to obtain a quote.
The interior of the castle contains fine examples of intricately carved wood and plaster work, and is furnished from the 17th century onwards. The whole aspect of the house is sunny and south facing, and the large dining room in particular is a dramatic, warmly panelled room with 10 ft thick alcoves.
The beautiful landscaped grounds comprise 1200 acres of fields, woods, hills, vistas, a nature reserve and lake. You will be able to enjoy fine walks, croquet on the lawn, billiards (by special arrangement), tennis and table tennis.
Accommodation - 4 four-poster bedrooms - 4 double bedrooms - 3 twin bedrooms - 1 single bedroom - 9 bathrooms (5 en suite) - dining room - drawing room - 16 further bedrooms and bathrooms in the 6 holiday cottages within the grounds.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The castle is superbly set within a 1,200 acre estate just half an hour's drive from sandy beaches, and is perfectly positioned to make the most of a holiday in Scotland's Border country.
The sea is about 16 miles away at the ancient fortified town and fishing port of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The Tweed is one of Scotland's premier salmon rivers. Close by are the old fishing villages of Eyemouth, Cove, and Coldingham. The shore at Berwick is predominantly rocky but north of the pier at Spittal is a sandy beach sheltered from the strong tidal currents by an offshore reef. In shore, between the reef and the beach, there is safe bathing.
An hour's drive to the north-east of the Castle lies Edinburgh with its fine shops, magnificent architecture, fascinating museums and many good restaurants and bars. The ancient abbey towns of Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh are within easy driving distance, and there are several well-known East Coast golf courses in the vicinity - the nearest in the town itself, which has an 18 hole course as well as tennis, a swimming pool and sports centre.
Things to do - Golf: there are several well known East coast courses in the area, and the town itself has an 18-hole course of good standing. - Beautiful woodland and hills for walks. - Tennis Court (and Billiards Room by special arrangement) within the grounds. - Shooting and Fishing can be arranged locally. - Horseback riding is available locally. - Off-road Driving - Ronnie Dale 4x4. Falconry – on castle estate. - A number of stately homes in the area to visit. - The ancient Abbey towns of Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh are within easy reach. - The woollen mills of the Tweed Valley for Cashmere shopping - Pipers, dancers, beating the retreat, mini highland games, other Scottish traditions and fireworks can be organised on request.
We will be happy to advise you on all the preparations for your event. For your party, we can provide: - catering - bar - florist - clay shooting - piper and dancers
And give you all the contacts for the "extras " you might need: - musical or specialist entertainment - cakes - transport - outdoor pursuits - photographers - hairdressers etc.
THE RECEPTION This can take any form you wish - a Scottish tea, with your champagne/sparkling wine and possibly the cake/speeches, followed later by perhaps the piper/dancer entertainment and then a sit-down dinner or stand up buffet for numbers larger than 60, or you can have canapes, or no food and an earlier dinner. It's really up to you!
THE DINNER Dinner in the main 14th century dining hall is a memorable occasion. We provide good freshly prepared Scottish produce and liaise with you on menus. We cater for special needs if notified. There is a reasonably priced in-house wine list. Additional meals may be provided if requested, (lunches, teas). Own wines may be provided in payment of corkage charges.
THE ENTERTAINMENT We highly recommend the piper/dancers performance (about 40 mins - very Scottish, very professional but charming) before dinner. After dinner you may want a band, a ceilidh, a discotheque, or just CDs and a quiet time; it depends on age groups! If the party comes before the wedding, and stays, there are lots of local activities, energetic or relaxing.
THE ACCOMMODATION Our prices are based on the assumption that most if not all the group will stay 'in-house' and our B&B rates are very reasonably priced to make that possible. Any overspill can be accommodated locally, sometimes even in our own holiday properties on the estate, to keep the party together. Babysitters can usually be booked. There is a flexible chauffered transport service within half a mile. Most of our rooms are large and we can, on request, accommodate children in their parents room.
CORPORATE EVENTS The Castle is flexible enough to be suitable for a wide variety of Corporate and incentive events. It is a spacious and secluded property with a wide variety of facilities. The historic 16th century great hall dining room can cater for up to 60 (seated) with fine service and genuine home cooked Scottish cuisine. There are a number of public rooms where smaller meetings may take place. For large functions, marquees can be sited on the lawn and specialist caterers can be arranged. Leisure and sporting activities can be arranged on request. For incentive trips there is a large "wow" factor attached to this dramatic venue.
- Security deposit: £1000. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Please enquire. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
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